1 Kings,Chapter 8

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King Solomon Brings the Ark of the Covenant

After hundreds of years spent being moved from place to place, the Ark of the Covenant finally arrives at its permanent residence on Mount Moriah. Once construction of the Temple is complete, the Ark is brought into the Holy of Holies, the earthly dwelling of the divine presence. The Temple in Jerusalem will soon become a house to which all nations can come to pray and ask for forgiveness. God knows the hearts of every person. When a person genuinely wishes to atone and repent, they will merit divine blessings and forgiveness. We must connect to supreme forces in order to ascend spiritually and come closer to the divine presence.

“And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, werewith him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.” (1 Kings 8:5-6)

“That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place. And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive”  (1 Kings 8:29-30)

Holding on to anger, hurt, or indignation does not bring any blessings; forgiveness, or letting go, does.